Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to turn the Government’s “failed approach” to tackling climate change on its head with a “green industrial revolution” if he becomes prime minister.
The Labour leader said his party would create hundreds of thousands of “good green jobs” across the UK and save “millions of households” money on their energy bills.
Labour said the Government’s decision to cancel an insulation programme – the Warm Front Scheme – in 2013 has cost households a total of £3.7billion on their bills.
And the party, citing analysis of House of Commons Library data, said it had cost the planet an extra 14.6million tonnes of CO2 by 2017.
Mr Corbyn, speaking before a visit to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales yesterday, said: “The Conservative-Lib Dem decision to scrap this insulation programme has been a disaster.
“They cost millions of people hundreds of pounds and damaged our environment.
“The next Labour government will turn this failed approach on its head with a Green Industrial Revolution to tackle the climate emergency, create hundreds of thousands of good green jobs in every region and nation of our country and save millions of households money on their bills.
“From the mass installation of solar panels, insulating homes, building the Swansea Tidal Lagoon, expanding solar and wind energy and bringing the National Grid into public ownership, Labour’s Green Industrial Revolution will benefit working class people by cutting energy bills, creating good jobs in new, green industries and fighting the climate emergency.
“Social justice and climate justice are inseparable. Labour will tackle inequality and environmental destruction together.”